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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

York County Man Who Stored Radium Dials Arrested

May 1, 2009 Source--Attorney General Press Release

Attorney General Corbett announces arrest of York County man accused of illegally storing radioactive items & hazardous waste in Lancaster County

Craig-Dallmeyer-250x275HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section have filed criminal charges against a York County man accused of illegally storing radioactive items and hazardous waste at a series of warehouses in Lancaster County.

Corbett identified the defendant as Craig E. Dallmeyer, 67, 4775 Sherman St., Mount Wolf. Dallmeyer is the former president of Strube, Inc., an aircraft instrument sales, overhaul, and repair business headquartered in Marietta, Lancaster County.

Corbett said that Dallmeyer is accused of storing thousands of aircraft instruments containing radium at warehouses in Marietta, Columbia, Maytown and Mount Joy, Lancaster County, without a state-required radioactive materials license. Radium was used in the past to mark aircraft instrument dials and pointers, but exposure to the radioactive material can lead to lung cancer, bone cancer and other serious medical problems.

According to the criminal complaint, Dallmeyer falsely informed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that the company did not have any instruments containing radium in their warehouses. Officials from DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later located and removed approximately 500,000 items that either contained radium or were contaminated by the radioactive material.

Additionally, Corbett said that Dallmeyer is charged with storing hazardous waste at various company warehouses without DEP permits. Those materials included mercury, lead, various solvents, flammable or corrosive chemicals and other items considered to be hazardous.

Corbett said that Dallmeyer is also accused of failing to inform emergency responders about the presence or radioactive materials and hazardous waste at company facilities, putting firefighters, police officers and the general public at risk of death or serious injury had there been a fire or other emergency situation at any of those locations.

Dallmeyer is charged with one count of unlawful conduct under the Solid Waste Management Act and one count of storing, transporting or disposing of hazardous waste without a permit, both second-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $100,000 fines.

Additionally, Dallmeyer is charged with two counts of tampering with public records and two counts of risking a catastrophe, third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines, along with two counts of recklessly endangering another person, second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines.

Dallmeyer was preliminarily arraigned on May 1st before Mount Joy Magisterial District Judge William G. Reuter and released on $50,000 recognizance bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 11, 2009.

The defendant will be prosecuted in Lancaster County by Deputy Attorney General Stevan Kip Portman of the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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